Trump's speech was chalk and cheese

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Washington's big night of pomp and politics - and from the fledgling president a disciplined performance and a well-crafted speech.

From the get-go it was clear this was going to be something different.

Having been chided for his seeming unwillingness to speak out about recent anti-Semitic attacks and the gunning down of two Indian engineers in Kansas, this was the first topic he addressed.

As he waited to leave the White House to come to Congress, TV cameras caught him rehearsing his speech in the back of the presidential limousine.

And when you're saying something new, you need to practise. This was optimistic, warm, devoid of personal attacks. And forget the isolationist rhetoric - this was America in the world.

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Trump's most extraordinary news conference

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Today totally typified the unexpected and unpredictable nature of covering the 45th president of the United States.

I was at home, working on a book I am trying to finish when there was a flash on the TV: Donald Trump to hold unscheduled news conference in an hour's time.

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Russia looms large behind Flynn affair

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As with any resignation there are a thousand small, but nevertheless important questions. Most are of the who-knew-what-and-when variety. But with this astonishing fall from grace there is one big overarching question. I'll save that best bit for last.

The small questions concern whether Donald Trump knew about the calls Mike Flynn was making to the Russian ambassador, and what the substance of their conversations were.

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Barack Obama legacy: How reality derailed the dream

Donald Trump's victory has not only written a new astonishing chapter in American political history, it brings the Obama era to an end in a way few imagined just a year ago.

So how will the first black president be remembered?

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US Election Results 2016: Trump victory writes new chapter in US history

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Donald Trump is a hugely effective communicator.

A famous entertainer once said of him he's the best live performer who doesn't sing and doesn't play a musical instrument. He communicates brilliantly clearly.

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US election: The Disunited States of America - whoever wins

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"The greatest show on earth" was PT Barnum's claim for his three ring circus.

I'm not sure that is the right description for the 2016 US election campaign, but some variation on that must come close - maybe instead of 'greatest' we could have weirdest, most compelling, unpredictable, disturbing, hate-filled, bizarre.

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This bitter battle won't end on election day

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When it's all over. Oh, when it's all over.

The weekend after the election I have three invitations to parties, each in their own way heralding the end of an election that has had a gestation period longer than an elephant. One being thrown by British friends will introduce Americans to Guy Fawkes night - an occasion celebrated to mark the thwarting of a dastardly plot by an insurgent outsider who tried to put a bomb under the establishment (why does that theme feel familiar?).

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The Boris two-way: Why Trump will win and why he will lose

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I'm going to do a Boris. That is to say looking both ways at once.

Let me explain for those of you who don't know what that means: Ahead of the referendum on Britain's membership in the EU, Boris Johnson, now the UK's foreign secretary, wrote two articles for the Daily Telegraph - one arguing why Britain should leave, the other why it should stay.

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A debate night that was X-rated

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It was just before the debate started and I was chatting to my friend and opposite number at ITV news, Robert Moore.

He told me that he and his wife were undecided about whether they should allow their two daughters to watch the presidential debate because of the subject matter that was likely to be discussed.

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How Clinton and Trump get the presidency

It's been a long, unpredictable US election and it isn't over yet - so what are Clinton and Trump's best hopes of winning?

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